Thermaltake Massive 23LX Laptop Cooler

Keeping your laptop cool will improve it’s lifespan, it can improve battery life, and in some cases, it can even give your computer a speed boost (if your computer gets too hot, it will slow down or shut off).

I’ve tried 3 different notebook coolers, and my newest is my favorite so far. Thermaltake’s Massive 23LX laptop cooler features a 23cm fan (about 9 inches), and can more around 55 cubic feet of air in a minute. My previous coolers couldn’t even move that much air when they were new, and slowed down considerably over time. The fans were small, and cheap. Thermaltake’s fans are high quality, and huge. Did I mention that this fan is huge?

The actual cooler itself is a bit large as well, but it’s not so large that it’s uncomfortable to use. It’s made of plastic, with metal grating for the fan. Metal helps disperse heat, which gives this cooler an advantage over plastic ones without an aluminum grate.

So, how well does it perform? Can it really cool off a system?
Short answer? Yes. Long answer? I have charts!

I did these tests with the MacBook on top of the fan with it on, off, and as a control, I did the tests with the MacBook on a normal, flat surface (my desk).

Below you can see the temperature (Fº) for the CPU Temperature at Idle and during stress, the CPU heatsink idle and under stress, the GPU temp at idle and under stress, and the bottom of the laptop, idle, and under moderate load.

To test this, I let the computer sleep in between sets until the idle temperature was low enough. Then, I started up Minecraft, and played for a few minutes (now you know why I haven’t posted anything this afternoon).
But temperature alone isn’t always enough to tell how much the computer has cooled. You also have to see if your laptop’s internal fans have slowed down. Did the Massive 23LX cool my MacBook enough to give the internal fans a break? Again, yes.

A MacBook Pro has two fans on the inside, a left and right. Here you can see the fan speed while the MacBook was idle, and while I was playing Minecraft. As you can see, Thermaltakes fan gave the internal fans a pretty decent break. 

And, for those of you who like numbers more than pretty graphics, here’s the breakdown:



Fan On
Fan Off
No Fan
CPU Idle
94
99
108
CPU Load
142
144
146
CPU Heatsink Idle
88
88
101
CPU Heatsink Load
117
121
121
GPU Idle
86
94
101
GPU Load
126
130
131
Enclosure Idle
85
81
88
Enclosure Load
83
85
88
Left Fan Idle
1996
1996
1999
Left Fan Load
3916
4479
4780
Right Fan Idle
1995
2000
1998
Right Fan Load
3912
4457
4770

So, do I recommend it? If you’re looking for a great laptop cooler, yes, definitely. This is my favorite thus far, and it has the most drastic cooling results. It also pumps out a lot more air than most other coolers on the market. This means it can keep your laptop cool more efficiently.

As for whether or not you should get any cooler: I recommend it if you often do anything with games, hd video, video processing, or if you use your laptop with the lid closed. If all you do with your computer is browse the web and check email, it’s not quite as important, as long as you stay away from Flash. Basically, if you hear the fans in your computer coming on a lot, or the bottom is always very hot, you should get an external laptop cooler.

The cheapest I could find it (thanks to the Invisible Hand Safari Extension) was at Amazon.com. They also offer free shipping on this item. I ordered it on a Saturday, and got it on Tuesday. I was impressed by that. I ordered another item from Amazon on the same day, but it couldn’t ship out of their warehouse, it was through a third party. I had to pay for shipping, and it still isn’t here. I highly recommend the free shipping through Amazon. Anyway, here’s a link to it.

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